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Stop the Stolies: Honoring Victims of Stolen Car Crashes

Neu-Life Community Development teens will host a community sharing and painting session on the topic of joy-riding in stolen vehicles.

By - Aug 15th, 2016 02:52 pm

Neu-Life Community Development teens will host a community sharing and painting session on the topic of joy-riding in stolen vehicles. Community members are encouraged to participate in the conversation, the painting of the mural, and learn more about prevention. The event will take place on Thursday, August 18 from 5-6pm at the corner of 19th & Meineke. Artists Working in Education, Inc. (A.W.E.) has partnered with Neu-Life Community Development, Safe & Sound, and artists, Ammar Nsoroma and Dario Allen to create a public mural. Press is invited.

The group has been working on this project since January. It will be a memorial honoring victims of stolen car crashes in Milwaukee. They want the mural to be the last memorial that has to be made. Through this project, they hope to create change by spreading the message that everyone in the community is affected by joy-riding. Dejah Brown, a participant, shares, “We want to let them know that we care. We care about everybody’s life.”

“Stop the Stolies” is one of five 5×3 projects A.W.E. will unveil in five neighborhoods this year as a part of its Artist in Residence program. A.W.E. 5×3 projects challenge teens to identify and address an issue that matters to them through large-scale public artwork. Through the projects, youth gain an understanding of the public art process, talk to key decision makers in their neighborhoods and present their ideas to the wider community. The artists and youth learn from each other and work together, sharing input that shapes the final product.

This project is funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Racial Equity and Inclusion grant, MPS Partnership for the Arts and Humanities. Special thanks to Derrick Shoates of Safe & Sound for your work on this project. Note on project topic: Car theft committed by youth has been on the rise in Milwaukee, often resulting in fatalities.

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